Vandenberg Elementary School

Box Elder, South Dakota

The Douglas School District, serving Ellsworth Air Force Base and surrounding area, was awarded an emergency grant to help relieve space constraints at the Elementary School level. This led to the replacement the existing Vandenberg Elementary School. Upper Deck Architects was commissioned to program and design the new 79,000 sq. ft. facility. The one-story facility will be adorned with brick and burnished concrete block to match the character of the other school facilities on campus. The facility will include 24 classrooms, special education areas, competition gymnasium, library, commons/cafeteria area, art room, computer labs, music rooms and administration space. Site development includes playgrounds, instructional areas, and separate parking lots for visitors and staff, as well as a separate bus loop for vehicular and pedestrian safety.